This event is one of the most intense of the performance opportunities at Music House. Musicians participating in the Concerto Competition must be ready to perform as soloist with orchestra if selected.

Repertoire requirements:

  • Competitors must perform one movement from a concerto of choice. Selections must be memorized. A time limit of 6-10 minutes may be imposed during the preliminary round, dependent upon scheduling.
  • Competitors must select and perform repertoire with readily available orchestral parts. (Competitors are not required to provide orchestral parts.)
  • Competitors must provide name of composer, name of piece, name and number of movement, publisher, and length of movement on registration form.
  • Sheet music for piano accompaniment must be provided by the competitor and submitted electronically to PIMF staff by May 15, or entry in the competition cannot be guaranteed.

Additional notes: 

  • The Concerto Competition is open to all PIMF participants, including pre-college divisions, and is separated into four age categories: 10 & Under; 11-14; 15-18; 19 & Over.
  • Competitors will be accompanied by the PIMF Competition pianist and will not be permitted to use their own accompanist.
  • Preliminary round will typically take place on the second Monday of the festival. Dates and times are subject to change, however.
  • Competitors are responsible for attending scheduled preliminary round. Schedules will be posted throughout festival grounds the evening before.
  • Missed or partial preliminary round performances may not be able to be replaced.
  • The preliminary rounds are not open to the public. Preliminary round is a “rehearsal” format and finalists will be selected by the pianist(s) and adjudicators.
  • Concerto Competition Finals will be performed before a live audience at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
  • Finals performances may be audio and video taped.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • The panel of judges will consist of PIMF faculty members and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • One winner from each age division will be chosen.
  • One Grand Prize winner will be chosen.
  • The Grand Prize Winner(s) of previous years’ festivals may enter the Concerto Competition, but will not qualify for a Grand Prize.
  • The Grand Prize winner will perform as soloist with the Ocean City Pops in New Jersey, or another regional orchestra. Concert date to be determined based on the winner and orchestra’s schedule.
  • Other First Place category winners may be selected to perform with other regional orchestras, at the discretion of the judges and orchestra music directors.


Participants choosing to enroll in the competition must complete the Solo Performances Registration Form online (links are provided after acceptance and registration).